Results and Complications of Pneumatic Retinopexy

John C. Chen, Joseph E. Robertson, Patrick Coonan, Christopher F. Blodi, Michael L. Klein, Robert C. Watzke, James C. Folk, Thomas A. Weingeist

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Abstract

Fifty-one patients with primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD) were treated by pneumatic retinopexy. The overall success rate for reattachment with one operation was 63%. Of the 34 phakic eyes, 25 (74%) were reattached; of the 17 aphakic or pseudophakic eyes, seven (41%) were reattached (P < 0.05). Postoperative complications included the development of new tears (22%), inadequate closure of the original tear, shifting and delayed absorption of subretinal fluid, and opening of previously closed tears. Pneumatic retinopexy is a valuable new technique; however, careful patient selection and postoperative management is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-608
Number of pages8
JournalOphthalmology
Volume95
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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Keywords

  • new tears
  • pneumatic retinopexy
  • proliferative vitreoretinopathy
  • retinal detachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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Chen, J. C., Robertson, J. E., Coonan, P., Blodi, C. F., Klein, M. L., Watzke, R. C., Folk, J. C., & Weingeist, T. A. (1988). Results and Complications of Pneumatic Retinopexy. Ophthalmology, 95(5), 601-608. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0161-6420(88)33134-9